15 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: A few days after the 15th Finance Commission hailed Odisha's latest farm package scheme, KALIA as the best-conceived scheme for the distressed agriculture sector, acclaimed economist Prof Ashok Gulati was in all praise for the State's flagship scheme.
"KALIA can be the lighthouse to guide the nation what type of agriculture policy will be there tomorrow for India's farmers," said Gulati, who headed Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), the advisory body of the Government of India on food supplies and pricing policies.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of 'Krushi Odisha 2019' fair at Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, Gulati said that Odisha is the state where the poverty reduction has been maximum during 2004-11.
"If there is one state in India where farmers' income has increased 8.4 Percent per annum between 2002-2015/16 it is Odisha," said Gulati.
CACP's sitting chairperson Prof Vijay Paul Sharma echoed Gulati's views on Odisha's development in agriculture and farming sector.
Appreciating the KALIA scheme, Prof Sharma said that it is inclusive in nature and would benefit the farmers of Odisha immensely. Prof Sharma stressed on the need of diversification in agriculture and reduction in cost of cultivation.